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Venues, festivals, and musicians face a precarious future, but could COVID-19 be a catalyst for reform in an industry that seriously undervalues its artists?
At around eight o'clock on the evening of March 12, Sir Simon Rattle stepped onstage at the Berliner Philharmoniker to an eery silence. It was his homecoming performance, with the orchestra that he'd led as chief conductor for 16 years, before his ...
 
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Only 0.1% of our entire population has been tested.
Since COVID-19 hit the rest of the world, we've been hearing the phrase "flattening the curve." This public-health strategy involves mitigation techniques to prevent the daily number of cases from continuously going up to the point that the health-care system breaks down. ...
 
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A lawmaker explains.
ABS-CBN’s channel remains black, two days after the National Telecommunications Commission (NTC) ordered the network’s nationwide shutdown. At 7:52 p.m., millions watched as ABS-CBN signed off for the first time since 1972 during martial law.ABS-CBN leaves behind millions of Filipinos who have ...
 
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It's still up for debate.
It is uncontested that a vast majority of people are only familiar with Juan Luna as an expatriate painter. Like all other heroes discussed in school textbooks, rarely do teachers and students pay any attention to their idiosyncrasies and character flaws, which ...
 
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Surrounded by the bounty of nature, the beach community turns to sustainable living. 
On the island of Siargao, people are returning to nature. The COVID-19 pandemic, which has broken the world order, has affected the island’s community in a different way.“It is undeniable that what our world is going through right now seems to be ...
 
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Why 'normal' is the cause of all this chaos.
From the way we raise our families to the highest decision-making bodies, humanity seems to be in agreement that we are far better and wiser than our ancestors. With our cars, technology, sciences, electricity, and other conveniences previously unavailable to us for ...
 
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He was 34 years old.
His name was Winston Ragos, and he was a former soldier. In the Philippine Army, he was a corporal, but to his family, he was just “Ton-Ton.”In 2017, Ton-Ton was discharged from the military through to “compulsory retirement” due to “war shock” ...
 
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The worst might be yet to come.
The Philippines has yet to peak and flatten the curve of the COVID-19 pandemic on home turf, but there are already worries of a second surge occurring when lockdown is lifted. And we are right to be worried—Singapore, which thought it had ...
 
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Some call it the lesser evil. Others call it genocide.
As lockdowns put the strain on countries around the world, the “herd immunity” strategy is rearing its head again as countries like Sweden continue to let their citizens continue their daily lives.Lockdowns and quarantines, while stressed by the World Health Organization, are ...
 
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There is more to the folk song about disabled beggars.
When you were younger, you probably heard the folk song “Doon Po sa Amin” (“In Our Hometown”). It tells the story of four disabled beggars and their attempt to have fun. Below is the traditional lyrics of the folksong.Doon po sa amin, ...
 
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Pancho Villa was the Pacquiao before Pacquiao.
"Viva Villa!" On June 18, 1923, the cheers of over 20,000 fans echoed through the New York Polo Grounds Stadium. “Viva Villa! Viva Villa!” A 22-year-old rising star from the Philippines, Pancho Villa competed for the World Flyweight Championship against Jimmy Wilde. ...
 
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‘There is no other exoplanet closer to Earth.’
The most “Earth-like” planet has finally been found, and it’s 300 light-years away.A new study published in The Astrophysical Letters Journal revealed a potentially habitable exoplanet (a planet outside of the Milky Way) that has a similar size and surface temperature as ...
 
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What were the stars up to on your birthday?
When the planet is going to hell, look to the stars.NASA just gave the public access to hundreds of photos captured by the Hubble Space Telescope in celebration of Hubble’s 30th anniversary orbiting the galaxy.The Hubble Space Telescope, often just called Hubble, is ...
 
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Twelve months? Eighteen months? Two years? Whatever happens, a vaccine will arrive later than we need, but sooner than ever before.
In the mid-2010s, an outbreak of Ebola ravaged West Africa. Between December 2013 and June 2016, the disease officially killed 11,308 people in Liberia, Guinea, and Sierra Leone, although the World Health Organisation (WHO) believes the real figure is probably much higher.Ebola's ...
 
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All hail the one-day emperor of the Philippines.
There’s no doubt that the first seeds of Philippine consciousness were only actualized in 1872, the same year as the mutiny in Cavite and the execution of Gomburza. It’s the cornerstone of our past, but in this episode of the lost footnotes ...
 
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Now that's a strange footnote in the Bible.
Sunday school isn’t particularly fun, but one footnote in the Bible is sure to pick up your attention: the Holy Prepuce or Foreskin of Jesus Christ. That’s right. Jesus’ penis is worthy of a Bible mention.Now before you shout blasphemy, we’re only stating the facts. ...
 
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Disaster architecture is a thing, apparently.
While everyone is stuck at home during lockdown, you can still visit—via Google Maps—the Baroque churches of the Philippines and wonder at the country’s pride and joy. These centuries-old churches are a testament to faith, history, and resilience. There are currently four ...
 
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Ouch.
Holy Week is hardly the time for celebrations and fiestas. How can you be jubilant while commemorating the death and rebirth of Jesus Christ? Some regions commemorate the week by joining in flagellations and crucifixions. It’s a solemn affair for sure, but ...
 
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Well that’s one way to celebrate the religious occasion.
Holy Week is often commemorated with solemn masses at even gloomier churches, but not in the Mystic Island, otherwise known as Siquijor. On what’s been dubbed the “Island of Witches,” another festival coincides with Holy Week—something that would shock the devout Catholics ...
 
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What began as a film about Philippine insects turned into something more after an eruption changed Taal Lake forever.
There are many reasons two European bachelors would want to spend time in the Philippines. Filming insects in make-believe stories is usually not one of them.Michael and Alexander Whitener, French filmmaking brothers who come from a small village in southern France, had ...
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